When you talk to most people, they’ll confirm they have awesome ideas for a book. To be honest, a good book begins with an idea. Having an idea only is not sufficient. When Robert Kiosaki created his Rich Dad, Poor Dad book, it was only a simple idea that educated people about money issues. But that is not sufficient for a book as there are many other things that are involved.
So how do you determine you have sufficient information for a book? Let’s see how you can transform a book idea into a published book.
Do you possess the Information, Knowledge and Experience to Write a Book?
You can get ideas from numerous places. Topics often come to mind in no specific order. For instance, if you want to write a book about home décor and you’re not familiar with the topic, you may have to do extra research to compile your content. Choosing a topic you might not be fully knowledgeable in is perfectly fine so long as you have great content. Always be realistic especially at the beginning as you may be required to put in more time and resources to come up with your published book.
What’s Unique about Your Book?
What makes people want to read your book? How entertaining, interesting and unique is your book? Remember, to have your book get the desired attention, you must provide valuable and informative information that will make readers want to buy your book. It’s good to have an idea of what you want to write about. If you are unsure how to make your book stand out, keep thinking until you determine the best strategy to use.
How Do You Intend to Write Your Book?
The best way to ask this question is “How much planning is required before commencing to write?” These are some of the issues you need to consider.
- Are these ideas firmly in your mind and can you consistently have them in your mind throughout?
- Have you determined how your book will provide value?
- Do you know the Unique Selling Point (USP)?
- What are you hoping to achieve from writing a book?
- Who is your target audience and what kind of information do they value?
Some writers have the entire information at their fingertips before they begin writing a book. Others have a sketchy idea on paper or in their mind and use it as a starting point. There are people who prefer to write chapters as they get to them and later combine them together. However, others like to have an elaborate outline or plan in place for their content before beginning to write.
There is no specific way to approach your book idea. However, it’s good to come up with an approach before beginning to write. Don’t get alarmed if you cannot come up with an entire book plan at the beginning; it’s normal. You can always plan based on what you have and figure out the rest of the details as you continue writing your book. During revisions and second drafts, you get a chance to fix all the pending issues. For now, begin putting down your idea and don’t let it go!
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